July 11th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Wolfson says Clinton not being formally vetted for VP

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(CNN) - Is the so-called Democratic 'dream ticket' off the table?

Despite speculation that Barack Obama's presidential campaign is seriously considering Hillary Clinton for the No. 2 spot on the Democratic presidential ticket, a former senior advisor to Clinton said Thursday he doesn't think the New York senator is being formally considered for the job.

Howard Wolfson, the former Clinton campaign communications director, told Fox News Thursday he isn't aware of any official effort on behalf of the Obama campaign that suggests the Illinois senator is considering his former rival for his running mate.

"Not as far as I know," Wolfson said when asked if Clinton had been "asked to participate in the vetting process for VP."

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But the longtime Clinton confidante quickly added there is more information available in the public record about the former presidential candidate "than just about any public figure in America."

"She's been vetted now for a long time - she's got thirty years of taxes in the public record and financial disclosure forms. She ran for president for 18 months and every news organization in America had multiple teams of reporters look at all aspects at her career and her biography," he said. "So there's a lot of information out about her that I know Senator Obama is privy too, that may be sufficient for him to make whatever decision he wants to make."

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The comments come amid reports the Obama campaign has asked other public officials to hand over information about themselves as part of a formal vice presidential vetting process, including former presidential candidate Chris Dodd.

The five-term Connecticut senator said Thursday that he has been asked to provide "a lot of stuff."

“There’s been some inquiries, yeah,” he told the Associated Press. “They ask for a lot of stuff. I’ll leave it there." The Obama campaign and Dodd’s Senate office have yet to comment on the report, though the Republican National Committee has already leveled attacks on Obama for considering the Connecticut senator, in light of accusations he received preferred loans from Countrywide Financial – the same attack that led to the resignation of the original head of the Illinois senator’s vice presidential search team.

The Obama campaign also reportedly approached Virginia Sen. Jim Webb about the job, followed by an announcement from the freshman senator that he had officially taken himself out of the running.

Other potential candidates for the position are remaining far more circumspect about their interaction with the Obama campaign.

"The decision and timetable for the best person to help Sen. Obama lead the country is entirely up to him. All of us who support Sen. Obama have been asked to direct questions about his choice for vice president to the campaign," Kathleen Sebelius, the popular Kansas governor said in a Thursday statement.

"I'm not going to talk about it," longtime Obama supporter and freshman Missouri senator Claire McCaskill said Wednesday.

UPDATE: Adam Parkhomenko, the founder of Voteboth.com, said Friday it's time Clinton is asked directly if she is being vetted for VP.

"It's time to ask Hillary if she is being vetted. It's not responsible to assume she is not being vetted because a former campaign adviser said he does not know," he said.

soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Willow, from Iowa

    I believe Hillary could be a wonderful VP (although I didn't really like her when I was watching the primary). However, Obama would have to set down some big rules and keep his thumb on things. he could put her in charge of health care or something. He should, however, make her attorney general or give her a cabinet post on Health and Human Services. She would be the best there.

    Obama should pick whomever he wants for VP. that's his choice and nobody else's.

    Obama 08/12

    July 11, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Judy

    No Hillary, no vote and that means me and my husband. He needs to help her pay her debt also, she would have helped him.

    July 11, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Chanda Cincinnati Ohio

    CNN...PLEASE STOP!!!!! No one knows for sure who he is going to pick or not pick. Please stop posting mess like this ticker. You are only going to get the PUMA nuts and "I'm still voting for Hillary even if it means waisting a vote and sinking this country" fanatics all riled up. DEMOCRATS.....STOP LETTING THE MEDIA DIVIDE US!!!!!!!! IF YOU ARE TRULY A HILLARY SUPPORTER, THEN THERE IS NOTHING THAT MCCAIN HAS TO SAY THAT SHOULD INTEREST YOU. HIS VIEWS ON THE ISSUES ARE TOTALLY POLAR OPPOSITE THAN HILLARY'S. WAKE UP AND SAVE OUR COUNTRY. ITS TIME FOR A NEW DIRECTION... STOP BEING AFRAID OF CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Joy Nichols

    To you who think Hillary has been so well vetted, I'd like to remind you that she has a husband who has had some shady dealings since he left the white house. Then there are questionable fund raising dealings connected to Hillary's 2000 senate campaign. There is too much drama that follows Bill and Hillary Clinton. I defended them for eight years and that's enough.

    July 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. David

    John Edwards is clearly the best qualified of any VP candidate!!

    July 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. davidblaine

    I dont know if you Obama supporters are old enough to remember but under the Clintons we had a surplus and our economy was booming. So, to compare their reign to that of the Bush's is moronic. Stay in school kids and they you will learn the Clintons were awesome for our country and respected worldwide (unlike the Bush family)...

    July 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Obama Supporter from FL

    This is just silly. Wolfson doesn't KNOW whether she's being/been vetted, because he isn't an Obama insider. Now, if David Plouffe said this, then it would be news.

    July 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. laura in miami

    Obama is an arrogant, flip flopping, puppet who is a fraud. He is change because he changes his mind every day. Obama is a real dirty underground Chicago politician who is pretending to be differenet. Anyone who has 1/2 a brain knows this guy is full of it.

    I am a Hillary supporter and will NEVER vote for Obama. Not because I am angry, but because I DO NOT LIKE HIM!!!!!!! Obama is a fraud! I will not vote for him even if Hillary is the VP. I cannot wait until the republicans destroy him. The democrats deserve to lose for picking the puppet candidate who has no chance of winning.

    July 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Bob

    I am with ED, no more Bush/Clinton. The end of this very divisive era needs to happen sooner than later.

    July 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Lee, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Obama is better off WITHOUT CLINTON. She carries a lot of baggage (both politicaly and physically).

    She and Bill are total distractions and old school politics (dirty tricksers, deceitful, liers, etc...).


    July 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Obama Supporter

    Hillary is right the Democatic party is a family but dysfunctional. It is time to put our differences aside. Retire Hillary debit and put so fuel to the fire for Obama lets come together and take back the White House. Carl Rove should be in jail. Congress needs to be held accountable for not doing nothing. We have housing crisis, food crisis, gas crisis, children are in need of services, families are in need. The Iraq war and Afganstan is still in play. The solider give their lives are real the are people our love ones. We cant get into a push and shove. If we keep fighting none of us will get what we want. Dont be fooled by the Republicans. John McCain is gaining ground his donations are up. The same old play book. If Hillary supporters think by hurting the Democratic party by turning their backs on Barack there is nothing that we can do. If Clinton supports don't want to give to Barack then give to Clinton to help her. I they choose to do nothing. Then what are their true intentions? Is it really for the party or for themselves.

    July 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. pip

    At this point, Clinton should back off from VP/Presidential ambitions. Get in there, campaign for Obama, & be a prime candidate for the next Supreme Court opening. That would give her clout for life, even in excess of VP or Prez.

    HRClinton for Supreme Court ASAP!

    July 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Jim in Colorado

    whine... whine... whine. Democrats whine daily but they on election day they must go fishing.

    July 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Lee in Illinois

    Well that all being sad and done only means that Hillary will be President in 2012 after all Obama will lose in November and then McCain will screw the US up for 4 more years and then Hillary will have to come in and clean up after the republicans just like her hubby did.

    Anyone who sees Obama winning with out her on the ticket may as well just stay in on election day and save your gas money!

    Hillary 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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